Agenda

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 » CONFERENCE DAY ONE

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens and Breakfast Served in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m.
Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Iain Gillott
President
iGR
8:40 a.m.
The Race for Capacity — Carrier Panel Discussion
In this lively and thought-provoking panel, compare and contrast how different carriers are addressing the challengesand methods of capacity planning and management and their impacts on user experience and network performance.
Panelists:
Samuel Domingues, P.Eng.
Senior Manager, Network
Wireless Access - In-Building Engineering & Operations
Bell Mobility
Edward Stewart
RF Support and Optimization, Technology Division
SaskTel
Dennis McColl
Principal Member of Technical Staff,
Maintenance Engineering
Verizon Wireless
Moderator:
Iain Gillott
President
iGR
9:35 a.m.
Who Pays? Funding and Business Models 2.0

How is the industry adapting to the move away from carrierfunded business models? Are venue owners more willing to buy their own infrastructure and who is responsible for the BTS (base station equipment)? What does the end-user business model look like? This panel will answer pointed questions such as:

  • How are venue owners analyzing and justifying the capital expenditure and defining ROI?
  • How do the economics and scaling change with an enterprise model versus large scale projects?
  • How are carriers and venue owners sharing the responsibility of the ongoing management and maintenance?
  • What are the pros and cons of the neutral host model?
Panelists:
Mark Cross
Director of Mobility
Caesars Entertainment Services, LLC
Cris Kimbrough, PhD, PMP
Managing Director
CBRE, Inc.
Denny Albertini
Vice President of Small Cell Sales
Crown Castle
Ted Maulucci
Chief Information Officer
Tridel
Moderator:
Rod Perry
Principal
Cellular Savvy Consulting, LLC
10:25 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
11:05 a.m.
Small Cells Adoption – Fact vs. Fiction

Market projections for small cells remain bullish with their primary driver being an economical solution for achieving the scale and localized ignal source needed for future wireless network builds outs. In this panel, hear industry thought-leaders discuss the application of small cells, indoor and out, and how they have allowed carriers to keep pace with network capacity demands.

Panelists:
Jim Nevelle
President & CEO
Kathrein USA
Bryan Brooks
Vice President Carrier and Wholesale Services
Pavlov Media
Chris Parra
Vice President – Corporate Development and Strategy
Tower Cloud
Thomas Gourley
Manager HQ Network Engineering & Operation
Verizon Wireless
Moderator:
Joe Madden
Principal Analyst
Mobile Experts LLC
12:00 p.m.
Strolling Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

With this informal lunch format, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy good food and visit with exhibitors to learn about the technology, products and services they have on offer, while also networking with speakers and fellow attendees.

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1:15 p.m.‐
3:00p.m.

Exhibit Hall Closed

CONCURRENT TRACKS » 1:15 – 5:00 P.M.

TRACK ONE – ENTERPRISE
TRACK TWO – TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS
1:15 p.m.‐
1:45 p.m.

Achieving Customer Satisfaction and Adapting to the Sea of Change – A Hospitality Sector Perspective

This case study will show how Caesars have approached their customers’ demand for ubiquitous wireless coverage and capacity and have adopted business facing mobile applications to enhance their operations. It will also highlight how the business models used have changed in reaction to the sea of change currently occurring in the industry.

Mark Cross
Director of Mobility
Caesars Entertainment Services, LLC

Working with Vodafone to Leverage a C-RAN Architecture and Deliver Capacity to One Million People on New Year’s Eve

The Berlin Fan Mile has traditionally proven to be an extremely challenging environment when it comes to the provision of reliable cellular coverage and capacity. The debut deployment of idDAS enabled Vodafone to solve this problem. This session will share details from the ‘world-first’ project and cover topics including:

  • How leveraging a C-RAN architecture can meet extensive capacity requirements while bringing significant savings on both CAPEX and OPEX
  • Enabling multiple operators to provide a service on the same system
  • How digital DAS can ensure the future-proofing of a coverage system by enabling capacity sharing and shifting between venues and locations
Rami Hasarchi
Vice President – Coverage Solutions
Cobham Wireless
1:50 p.m.‐
2:20 p.m.

Bringing New Levels of Performance and Future Proofing to Texas A&M’s Kyle Field

Texas A&M's new football stadium showcases a technology infrastructure that is among the most comprehensive in any stadium, collegiate or professional. At the heart of the infrastructure is a fiber optical system that allows the mobility technologies to deliver a new level of performance and future-proofing along with significant cost savings. Hear about the technologies and business partnerships and agreements at this unique venue as well as the capabilities and performance that have been realized.

Matthew Almand
IT Network Architect
Texas A&M University

Edge Densification: Transport and Access Technology Review

Edge Densification is the key driver behind Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets). Increasing the radio throughput per square meter requires a focus on both the transport and access layers of the RAN. This panel discussion will define edge densification, explore the business and technology dynamics at play and provide a glimpse into the future of Middleprise focused densification models.

Attendees will gain insight into:

  • Understanding the application of transport and access technologies
  • The developing business models and the roles of MNO’s, 3PO’s, and venue owners
  • The opportunities and obstacles of today’s edge densification efforts
Panelists:
Cliff Kane
Co-CEO
Cleareon Fiber Networks
Monica Paolini, Ph.D
President and Founder
Senza Fili Consulting
Ken Sandfeld
President
SOLiD
Moderator:
Scott Gregory
Director of Marketing
SOLiD
2:25 p.m.‐
2:55 p.m.

Future Proofing your Network with Passive Optical LANs

Enterprises looking to upgrade or replace their network infrastructure are realizing the value of Passive Optical LAN. Passive Optical LAN provides significant benefits without forcing enterprises to alter what they are already doing or changing out the core and user devices. Businesses are saving capital costs, on-going operational costs on energy and space while enjoying synergies with wireless both Wi-Fi and DAS.

Learn how deploying a Passive Optical LAN can help an enterprise future-proof their network infrastructure while realizing all of the benefits of converged wired and wireless network services.

George Allen
former Governor of Virginia, U.S. Senator and APOLAN Ambassador
Sponsored by VT Group

DAS Commissioning and Optimization Best Practices

James Zik
Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
PCTEL RF Solutions
3:00 p.m.‐
3:45 p.m.

Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:45 p.m.‐
4:15 p.m.

McCarran’s Journey: Facilitating Operational Efficiency and Customer Experience in theWireless World

  • Planning and building infrastructure to address varying customer needs, in both new and extant facilities
  • Exceeding the expectations of tens of millions of customers that traverse our facilities annually
  • Addressing operational versus public areas
Samuel Ingalls
Assistant Director, Information Systems
McCarran International Airport

Densifying the Network with Outdoor Small Cells

Crown Castle will share surprising and important limitations to a common RF design method used for small cells. Crown performed comparative field trials and discovered that different small cell design methods produce significant differences in small cell network capacity and throughput. The results from these trials will be shared along with the implications and best practice design recommendations.

Jacob Warner PE
Director of National Engineering
Crown Castle
4:20 p.m.‐
5:00 p.m.

New Solutions for Driving Down Installation Costs and Reducing the Engineering Complexity of DAS

Texas Christian University started the launch of its master mobility plans well over seven years ago. During this period, we have shared our experience on various aspects of the university’s endeavors, as well as the lesson-learned. Today, TCU having the mobility foundation & infrastructure in place, as well as technology partner’s commitment to our deliverable and success; we believe its’ been a key component attempting to manage the uncharted waters — just when you think you got a solid plan.

TCU shall offer an overview of the methods taken, in which enhanced our wireless services, as part of the in-building initiatives on campus. After several years, committed to TCU Master Mobility Plan — whereby, we continue to offer our community; multi-carrier, multi-frequency, technology enhancement, flexibility, and quantifiable benefits that continues to serve as the foundation of TCU’s short and longrange mobility initiatives has not changed. The Session format is intended to be an interactive exchange of “specific experiences” with the group. We look forward to sharing our experience.

  • Master Mobility’s Foundation is built — now lets determine how to fill the holes
  • Maintaining Ubiquitous Coverage — incorporating all wireless carrier’s service
  • Who Pays — funding sources to fill your holes
  • Cost Effective Solution — or not
  • Case Study Overview — On-Air solutions that filled the holes
Travis Cook
Deputy Chief Technology Officer
Texas Christian University
Steve Ambrose
DAS Project Manager
Texas Christian University

Cell Distribution Utilizing CAT6 Based CPRI with Pico Radios

  • Seamless Architecture for HetNets
  • Cabling advantages of Cat6 vs coax
  • Software sectorization and reconfiguration
  • System comparison to active DAS and passive DAS

Edward Stewart
RF Support and Optimization, Technology Division
SaskTel
5:00 p.m.‐
6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

All congress attendees are invited to unwind with a drink, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and networking. This is an excellent opportunity to converse with some of the day’s presenters, visit more of the exhibit booths, or simply to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016 » CONFERENCE DAY TWO

8:00 a.m.
Registration Opens and Breakfast Served in the Exhibit Hall
9:00 a.m.
Chairperson’s Recap of Day One
9:10 a.m.
Industry Analyst Hot Seat — Expert Insights into Market Analysis and Emerging Trends

With your help, we are putting industry analysts in the hot seat and asking them the tough questions that directly relate to DAS and small cell deployments. This fast-paced panel, moderated by Dan Meyer of RCR Wireless, will be unlike any you have seen, featuring: direct one word, one-sentence and one-minute answers to poignant questions such as:

  • What’s holding up deployments and are we past those hurdles
  • How best to tackle the basic challenges of siting, backhaul, power, and the financial model
  • Which carriers are pro or con small cells and DAS
  • Have regulatory decisions helped or hurt
  • Spectrum challenges
  • Wi-Fi: friend or foe
  • How does IoT impact DAS and small cell plans
  • Will 5G sink or save DAS and small cell plans
Panelists:
Iain Gillott
President
iGR
Stéphane Téral
Research Director, Mobile Infrastructure
and Carrier Economics
HIS
Joe Madden
Principal Analyst
Mobile Experts LLC
Earl Lum
President
EJL Wireless Research LLC
Moderator:
Dan Meyer
Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Software, Policy,
Wireless Carriers
RCR Wireless
10:00 a.m.
Next Generation DAS Architecture
  • Key DAS architecture upgrades which reduce in-venue site footprint
  • Embracing C-RAN/BTS with an offsite strategy for DAS
  • Streamlined integrations for Wi-Fi and DAS
  • Examining future issues in DAS deployments: infrastructure requirements, site footprint, and deployment times
  • Integrated approaches that focus on the most critical issues in DAS deployments
  • Cost benefits of reduced site visits by virtualizing the administration monitoring
Todd Landry
Corporate Vice President,
Product and Market Strategy
JMA Wireless
10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
11:15 a.m.
Convergence of Wi-Fi and Cellular Technologies into a Single Heterogeneous Network

Wi-Fi and cellular technologies are getting closer and being increasingly integrated as part of a unified heterogeneous network with the goal of achieving seamless end-user experience as the user traverses from one technology to the other. However, the planning & design of each technology is usually performed separately by different people using different tools and approaches. Furthermore, the design of each part of the network is documented differently (if at all), deployed by different people and often maintained separately. In large and complex venues such as airports or sport stadiums, these process differences can also lead to large cost inefficiencies. We’ll explore how the planning, design and documentation process can be fully integrated, yielding significant benefits for all stakeholders.

Scott Pereira
Director, Global Product Partnerships & Innovations
iBwave Solutions Inc.
11:45 a.m.
Cellular 2020 — How will 5G and Related Technologies Change the Cellular World

The presentation will analyze where we are today with all generations of mobile technology including what’s needed to evolve from where we are with 4G and what’s needed to justify a generational step that leads to 5G. Key discussion points will be whether we’re good with what we have today and what’s driving the industry to already think about 5G when we 4G penetration is still in the early stages.

Stéphane Téral
Research Director, Mobile Infrastructure
and Carrier Economics
HIS
12:15 p.m.
Strolling Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 p.m.
Centralized Small Cells — A Multi-Operator Approach

The small cell business case is rapidly being undermined by the demand for neutrality from the enterprise and landlords. Both CAPEX and OPEX value is being eroded through carriercentric technologies, with limited consideration to noncarrier funded DAS. This session will highlight the opportunity to deliver industrial capacity by deploying software-defined Small Cells in a C-RAN architecture.

Ben Patullo
Chief Technology Officer
Sunwave Solutions
2:05 p.m.
Taking Advantage of Wi-Fi Calling to Keep Pace with Wireless Capacity Demands

  • Delivering voice communications — DAS vs. Wi-Fi
  • Offloading voice communications to Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi calling) overview
  • Wi-Fi calling coverage and capacity requirements — high capacity Wi-Fi
  • Venue fit — DAS vs. Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi calling
  • Deployment — DAS vs. Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi calling

Jim McCoy
Senior Director Wireless Technology,
Wireless Solutions Practice
Black Box Network Services
2:35 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m.
Leveraging DAS to Meet Public Safety Requirements

  • Addressing the needs of public safety officials and network operators — how can these separate interests be integrated?
  • DAS capabilities that align with public safety demands
    • Uninterrupted radio signal
    • Ability to track people inside buildings
    • Coverage in buildings and parking garages
    • Extending coverage to stairwells
    • 24/7/365 uninterrupted operations
    • Internal interference issues
  • Overcoming the threat of interference between cellular and public safety frequencies — ensuring appropriate filtering
  • Identifying processes for:
    • Construction
    • Maintenance
    • Annual testing
  • Implications for implementing in terms of:
    • Power
    • Reliability of system
    • Liability

John Rice
Applications Engineer
Wireless Telecom Group
3:30 p.m.
Understanding Wireless Network Vulnerabilities and Ensuring the Safety of Your Networks

With regular reports of cyber-attacks on enterprise data, there is increasing concern over the security of information transmitted over DAS, Wi-FI and small cell infrastructure. This presentation will clarify the security issues and challenges and offer solutions to ensure the safety of your wireless network and mobile devices.

Ray Moya
Chief Operating Officer
Argent Associates, LLC
4:00 p.m.
Conference Concludes

Workshops | MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

WORKSHOP A

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a break for refreshments.
(Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m.
)

Assembling, Installing and Testing Active DAS

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) can be costly to deploy and may result in a sub-optimal user experience if not planned and tested properly. This workshop will guide you through each stage of planning, designing, deploying and testing an active DAS and emphasize some of the major challenges and issues encountered.

This workshop will cover:

  • Initial site validation to determine the environment’s physical and RF characteristics
  • Efficient methods for testing multiple technologies from multiple operators simultaneously
  • System architecture options which reduce cost and complexity of the solutions while maintaining future-proof qualities
  • Design considerations related to planning and deploying DAS networks
  • Traffic growth and capacity planning
  • Evaluation of performance, capacity, and coverage of DAS networks
  • Network commissioning and sector optimization
  • PIM testing
  • Network benchmarking, acceptance testing, and as-built documentation
  • Live demonstration of testing DAS and small cell networks

Throughout the workshop there will be live and interactive demonstrations illustrating many of the aforementioned subjects listed.

Kari Reddy
Director of Systems Engineering for Distributed
Coverage and Capacity Solutions (DCCS)
Commscope
Scott Clay
Senior Director Engineering Services
PCTEL RF Solutions

 

12:00 Lunch for Workshop A & B attendees

WORKSHOP B

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a break for refreshments.
(Registration will take place from 12:00 p.m.
)

Indoor/Outdoor Multi-Use DAS Case Study and Tour — MGM Resorts International and Hospitality

Las Vegas calls to mind images of glittering lights, luxurious resorts and one of a kind attractions. But soon, nestled between Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and New York-New York Hotel & Casino will be The Park, an oasis designed to feel like a microcosm of the surrounding desert landscape that will also serve as the pathway to the new T-Mobile Arena. The Park will provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of The Strip, allowing guests to relax and unwind in the beauty of modern design while socializing with friends,
enjoying delicious food and beverage or strolling through the space to take in the sights of The Strip’s newest architectural attraction.

ExteNet Systems has long worked with MGM Resorts to deliver turnkey deployments across multiple properties, including The Park. At The Park, ExteNet has deployed a distributed network to enable the many visitors to have the latest in 4G-LTE wireless connectivity. Increasingly, reliable connectivity is expected regardless of location and property ownership recognizes the value of providing such a service for its guests and staff.

This case study on The Park will garner multiple perspectives on the complex project, including the drivers, deployment challenges, and resulting benefits. The hospitality vertical has long been driving how connectivity can be leveraged across multiple fronts to enhance the guest experience.

MGM Case Study Presenters:

Tim Ayers – Moderator
Vice President, Global Services
ExteNet Systems
Phil Jachowski
Vice President, Sales
ExteNet Systems
Jim Kimball
Director Global Telecommunications
MGM Resorts International
Steve Felker
Engineering Manager
Commscope

The case study presentation will be followed by a tour of The Park, MGM’s multipurpose indoor/outdoor venue with access to the Head End facility to provide an overview of the equipment visitors are seeing, the actual network itself, and the opportunity to engage in detailed Q&A.

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NEW FOR 2016!

Enterprise In-Building Wireless Bootcamp  |   MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

With the shift away from carrier/wireless service provider-funded solutions, enterprise, property owners and managers need to be in the driver’s seat of their wireless strategy — and it can’t just be about Wi-Fi. To meet the educational and networking needs of enterprise end-users, the DAS & Small Cells Congress brings you the inaugural Enterprise In-Building Wireless Bootcamp.

As you make tremendous investments in wireless infrastructure, strategy and planning for the future is key. This full-day, interactive program will help you identify the best mechanism for your coverage and capacity needs. The agenda covers the most salient business and technical considerations, to give attendees the information they need to advance their wireless projects.

In addition, it’s an opportunity for you to meet with and learn from other enterprise/end-users, plus representatives from carriers and service providers. Attending this bootcamp will provide the grounding that will enable you to gain maximum value from the succeeding two-day conference.

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:45 a.m.
Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks: The Changing Wireless Landscape

To set the scene for the day, Rod will provide an overview of the emerging wireless technologies that you need to know about for a successful long-term wireless strategy.

In addition, all attendees will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves to facilitate the interaction and networking throughout the day.

Rod Perry
Principal
Cellular Savvy Consulting, LLC
9:30 a.m.
Wireless Enterprise Needs Analysis: Present and Future

When budget plays a crucial role, the all-important question of what does your enterprise need versus want has to be answered before a wireless strategy can be established. This session will clarify the factors you need to take into account including; stakeholder goals and objectives; venue analysis; customers/users; scalability and future proofing.

Larry Heisler
Director of Marketing, Enterprise Cabling & Security Solutions
Anixter
10:00 a.m.
Understanding Converged Solutions to Develop Your Mobile Strategy

WAs you look for ways to enhance your wireless infrastructure, it’s important to understand the converged solutions that are available to you that can deliver business and operational applications and reduce capital and operating expenses.

Tom Napoli
Vice President
Noovis and APOLAN Board of Director
10:30 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m.
Enterprise Deployment Case Study
Cris Kimbrough, PhD, PMP
Managing Director
CBRE, Inc.
11:15 a.m.
Business Models and Funding Mechanisms

  • Understanding the value of your real estate
  • How to work with operators, when to fund it yourself, when to use third parties
  • Win-win strategies to help enterprise attract carriers to invest in cellular infrastructure within the enterprise
  • Negotiating agreements with carriers — contract considerations and business terms
  • Transparency, SLAs and operational management

Bryce Bregan
Senior Vice President
Connectivity Wireless
11:45 a.m.
Interactive Roundtable Discussions — Roundtable topics will be repeated in the afternoon to allow you to participate in a second topic of your choosing.

Co-moderated by an enterprise end-user and a solution provider, participate in an informal, dynamic discussion with your cross-industry counterparts on one aspect of the morning presentations. Garner insights from the experience of thought-leaders in other industry verticals that can be integrated and adapted into an actionable plan for your organization. Table topics:

  1. What does the enterprise need versus want?
  2. Best practices for a successful enterprise-funded converged solution
  3. Understanding multi-service provider and neutral host contractual issues
  4. “How to make our job easier” — service provider perspective/requirements
  5. Design and infrastructure considerations based on building architecture

Facilitators include:
Alexander P. Gamota
Vice President, Real Estate
American Tower Corporation
Larry Heisler
Director of Marketing, Enterprise Cabling & Security Solutions
Anixter
Matthew Almand
IT Network Architect
Texas A&M University
Ted Maulucci
Chief Information Officer
Tridel
Thomas Gourley
Manager HQ Network Engineering & Operation
Verizon Wireless
12:15 p.m.
Lunch with Roundtable Discussions Continued
1:00 p.m.
What About Cellular? Exploring Today’s Cellular Toolkit: Definitions and Uses

  • What is a DAS? What is a small cell? What do they actually look like? The actual topology of a system
  • How all the components of the network function, how distributed systems work
  • Pros and cons of each from an ROI and TCO perspective through the lens of an enterprise
  • What are the real life tradeoffs
  • Carrier requirements for space and connectivity
  • Beyond a DAS, what does it look like is someone wants to add a fiber fed system
  • Market trends for the technologies

Scott Lewis
Vice President, Network Engineering & Deployment
American Tower Corporation
2:00 p.m.
Interactive Roundtable Discussions – Part Two

Co-moderated by an enterprise end-user and a solution provider, participate in an informal, dynamic discussion with your cross-industry counterparts on one aspect of the day’s presentations. Garner insights from the experience of thought-leaders in other industry verticals that can be integrated and adapted into an actionable plan for your organization. Table topics:

  1. What does the enterprise need versus want?
  2. Best practices for a successful enterprise funded converged solution
  3. Understanding multi-service provider and neutral host contractual issues
  4. “How to make our job easier” — service provider perspective/requirements
  5. Design and infrastructure considerations based on building architecture
3:15 p.m.
DAS Tour - Paris Hotel & Casino

Enterprise Bootcamp attendees will be taken on a behind the-scenes of the local multi-operator, multi-service DAS installed at the Paris Hotel & Casino. Attendees of this tour will have exclusive access to see how DAS is deployed throughout the facility and inside the telecom room.

The tour is facilitated by representatives of American Tower Corporation and Mark Cross, Director of Enterprise Mobility, Caesars Entertainment.

5:15 p.m.
Wrap Up and Final Q&A
5:30 p.m.
Program Conclusion
5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

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